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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Boston, MA
617-223-8666
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Ranked #18 of 212 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: National Parks, Islands
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping, Fishing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil... more » Owner description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim. « less
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We only had time to do one island this time around and choose Georges Island and wandered around Fort Warren. We opted out of the guided tour and had a very enjoyable time walking around the old fort. We took beautiful pictures and really enjoyed ourselves. They have some cool things for kids, like revolutionary dress up and a vintage... More

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Chicago IL
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64 reviews 64 reviews
26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Starting with a half hour boat ride at 9 AM with a tour guide pointing out ALL sites on both sides of the harbor entrance from the Marriott past the No Name Restaurant and commercial fishing pier on the right and past the airport on the left. George Island with Fort Warren is full of history from its start during... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We spent all day on Spectacle Island. It's beautiful! The hike to the top of the hill is easy and leads to gorgeous views of the Boston sky line. We hiked to the top and ate our picnic lunch.

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Plymouth, MA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

On a recent, beauti ummer day, we took a ferry to George's Island. We caught a ferry from Shipyatd Lane in Hingham, MA. It is a 20 minute ride. Another place to catch the ferry is at Long Wharf in Boston. Once arriving, you can go to the Visitor's Center where there is an exhibit on the history of the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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103 reviews 103 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Each island is different and each has a story. George's Island is a popular day trip for hiking and picnicning plus a wander around the Fort, and is accessible by ferry, while others can only be accessed by private boat. They are a great place for an outing on a beautiful day!

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Cancun, Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

we took the commuter ferry from Boston to Salem and back. one of the crew gave a talk and had many wonderful facts that he shared. definitely worth the trip to see the harbor and islands from this lovely ferry and spend the day exploring Salem.

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Ballston Spa, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Travelled to Georges Island so that our Granddaughter could work on a Junior Ranger Badge. Loved the island and the tour of the Fort. Had a great time. Ferry ride was narrated and informative. Family oriented trip.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The Harbor Islands should be on everyone's Must Do list. Each island has it's own attractions and feel. Spectacle and Georges are the largest and most visited; each has a pavilion with bathrooms and a cafe. Spectacle has a beach and two easy-to-summit hills with absolutely amazing views of Boston and the harbor - I could spend hours up there... More

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Definitely spend >2hours on Georges Island for the history of the Civil War. If you are into ghosts, be sure to try and find the Lady in Black. We did not see/hear her, but it is creepy walking around some of the dark corridors of the fort. The fee is for the boat ride out to the fort.

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Tuba City, Arizona
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80 reviews 80 reviews
42 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This Last stop was my mother choice. Im very glad she picked this spot. I think this place actually made realize how greta boston can be. Cant wait for another trip back east. :) *Arizona*

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